Sunday, June 12, 2011

Country Pleasures

One of the great country pleasures is standing beside a lake, pond or stream with your fishing line in the water.  What a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the day.  We grew up with a Dad who is a fisherman.  Many summer evenings found us, as a family, beside the Wallowa or Minam Rivers.  Us kids would splash and play around (as long as we weren't too close to Dad and his fishing pole.  Darn kids scare the fish away!), and Mom would usually have a book or magazine to read.    We also had a pond right at our house that was full of catfish so spent many hours laughing and splashing around with the neighbor kids as we all caught catfish for dinner.  Such fun times, so I get a lot of pleasure out of spending some fishing time with our little grandson, Noah. 

Yesterday was Free Fishing day at many lakes and streams in Oregon, so I gave Brittany a call and asked if they would want to come over so Noah could go fishing.  Coffinbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park was not only participating in Free Fishing Day, but also had a few organized fun events for the kids including a fishing derby with prizes.  As you can see, this particular dock was a bit crowded, but fun for Noah to throw his line in.  
Waiting patiently for the fish to bite.  Noah didn't actually catch a fish, but it was very exciting when his bobber jumped and dived with a bite.  Reeling his line in, Noah found that that darn fish had come in for a snack, stealing his worm.  That was pretty funny stuff!

Fishing works up a powerful appetite and picnics are a must for any fishing adventure, so we brought along fried chicken, potato chips and cookies. 


Little Mazzy enjoyed her first fishing outing as well as anyone.  She was one cute little number in her summer shades.

The afternoon ended with a couple of splashes as Noah dropped his pole in the lake.  Him and his Papa both reached for it with Papa trying to keep Noah out of the water and the both of them tipping in.  Ooops!  (Shhh...don't tell Riff I told you.  He was pretty irritated at himself that he failed to keep his little man from falling in the lake.)  No harm came of their wet adventure except for some wet, cold clothes.  Noah, at 3-1/2, already has his first fishing story to tell!  His Great-Grandpa is proud!

~May you all be blessed with some country pleasures~


Bonnie said...

I grew up going fishing with my Dad. Such wonderful memories. Did I see books on the blanket?

Mary said...

Fishing is a great outing for any family. Glad you guys had a great time.


Jeni said...

Oh Paula! I loved this post and the pics! Seems like fishing was the "In" event this weekend here too. Miss Maya has been spending the weekend about 8 miles away with Mandy's best friend and her family and tonight, they took Maya "night fishing" at a big lake/dam about 35 miles from here. I just received two pictures on my Facebook from Jenn-Jenn (Mandy's girlfriend) of Maya holding up a fish that apparently she caught! Now, I have a topic to write a post about on my blog! Thank you Maya for providing me the photos to use in it too!

lisa said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Little Noah is just adorable! When we go up to the lake for a week every year, one of the things we do and spend the whole week on the boat fishing!

Love Bears All Things said...

I love to fish and haven't been in ages...loved reading about the little ones fishing trip.
Mama Bear

Stacey's Treasures said...

What a fun day!
I can remember lots of fishing stories with Dad.
Happy fishing!!!
We did have a blast at our catfish pond!

Adrienne said...

What fun that looks like!

The glasses are too cute ~ she's ready to take on the world.

Nothing like getting 'baptised' into the fishing culture - ha ha. Glad they both were ok!